U.S. oil export ban 'very likely' to be lifted in spending bill: source

Trucks and other equipment used in the oil fields are seen at a depot in DickinsonThe 40-year-old ban on most U.S. crude oil exports will “very likely” be lifted in the government spending bill, and talks on the final budget deal are likely to continue through the weekend, a Senate aide said on Friday. When asked if it was likely that the oil export ban would be lifted, a spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said there was no final deal yet. Leaders in both the House and Senate have been meeting behind closed doors in recent days to see if a deal can be reached on the bill.

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